A blog from WHSLA (Wisconsin Health Sciences Library Association). What do we blog about? Medicine, medical libraries, health science libraries, NLM, medicine and graphic novels, CE and conference opportunities for medical and health science librarians and library staff.
Friday, July 19, 2019
What I did on my summer vacation: The Jane Austen Summer Program
Remember when I asked if anyone wanted to share their fun summer adventures with us? WHSLA member Kathy Koch heeded the call and wrote this for us:*
Ever wonder what it’s like at a gathering of Jane Austen
fans? I found out in June when I attended the Jane Austen Summer Program,
a small, four-day symposium hosted by the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill. The program brings
together scholars, graduate students, and fans from around the country. This
year’s theme was “Pride and Prejudice
and its Afterlives,” and it celebrated the book and its many film, TV, book,
and game adaptations. Presentations touched on topics ranging from entailment
to the militia and from zombies to Brazilian telenovelas.
Do you long for a ball? The highlight of the conference was
the regency ball complete with (mostly) era-appropriate costumes, live musicians,
and English country dances that we practiced over the previous three days. Even
though there were too many ladies and not enough gentleman, no one was in want
of a partner since the ladies also danced the gentlemen’s part. I will confess
that on more than one occasion I momentarily forgot which part I was dancing.
I was excessively diverted by the symposium, and I’m
planning to attend again next year! But I hope to have my very own Regency-era dress to wear instead of renting one.
How dare he call her an "obstinate headstrong girl?!"
Costumed guests gather on the patio outside the ball
That's a first edition!!!
*Did she feel like she owed me a favor for all those oddly-shaped historical documents she sent me to scan for our digital repository? Maybe. Thanks for sharing your literary adventure, Kathy!